English as a Catalyst

Explore ways that English can build relationships for the gospel.

Posted on April 17, 2019

North and Central Asia

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Position Type

  • International worker—vocational track
  • ESL ministry
  • Creative access
  • Funded
  • Single or couple

This could include English movie nights, conversation clubs or camps, student ministry, etc.

Required Qualifications:

  • Training and experience in ESL
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course (minimum of Certificate level) or equivalent
  • Demonstrated positive ministry involvement in local church
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 60

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Growing relationship with Jesus
  • Love for people
  • Confidence in God to work
  • Growing expressions of the Holy Spirit
  • Deepening prayer life

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to lead meetings
  • Extroverted and outgoing personality
  • Sensitivity to the local culture
  • Open to adventure and trying new possibilities
  • Bilingual
  • Relational


  • Start English movie nights
  • Facilitate English based Bible studies
  • Assist with English Camp programs
  • Lead English Conversation clubs
  • Explore university ministry opportunities

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer/Fall 2020. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information:

This is a modern country that is transitioning from a Soviet system to a free market economy.

Work and Living Environment:

This is an urban area where most people live in apartments. This ministry will mainly be in cafes, meeting rooms, and university hang-outs. 

Status of Christian Witness:

While the Joshua Project lists this location as 73 percent Christian, this is little more than in name. Among these Christians, 2.73 percent are evangelical, but many of these know little of their faith.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. For those who do not have the language, they will attend language study. The expectation is a one month intensive in language study and 5-10 hours a week with a tutor throughout the ministry experience. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

Health Considerations:

There are many stairs and walking is necessary to get around the city and access public transportation.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s gifts, training, and abilities, as well as the needs of the team. It is expected that both spouses will be meaningfully involved in meeting ministry objectives, depending on the nature of family roles, children, etc. 

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

There is a Christian English language school K-12 in the city and a home school cooperative.


This position is designated to be funded through the Great Commission Fund (GCF). The Alliance compensates for this position, covering costs related to a monthly living allowance, housing, travel, children’s education, and full benefits. Please visit the compensation page for details on how U.S. Alliance IWs are supported. GCF-funded workers share responsibility for raising GCF dollars from Alliance churches and other sources. 

Whole-Life Health:

The C&MA is an evangelical denomination committed to planting churches both in the United States and internationally. Due to the nature of this ministry opportunity, part of the required qualifications include optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These are assessed during the application process.

Important Clarification:

Applicants should be aware that serving in the international world often requires a higher degree of grace and flexibility. For example, overseas teams can be suddenly and unexpectedly impacted by illness, government decisions, financial realities, team changes, or other factors beyond the team’s control. The challenge for applicants is that these factors can sometimes necessitate the sudden redefining of a position, which may take place before, during, or after the application/interview process has begun or is completed.


Please email Stacy Douglas at douglass@cmalliance.org.

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